Pilots inadvertently violating the temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the Independence Day celebration in New York City on July 4 may risk pursuit and possible attack by federal agents, AOPA is warning members.
The TFR will effectively close the popular Hudson River and East River VFR corridors through the New York City Class B airspace.
Because of the number of high-level government officials and dignitaries at this event, U.S. Customs and U.S. Secret Service agents will be enforcing this TFR. Aircraft violating the TFR may be forced down to area airports or, if viewed as a serious threat, fired upon.
The TFR will be effective from 5:30 a.m. to midnight on July 4 only. It will extend from New York City's Verrazano Bridge to the Alpine Tower from the surface to 7,000 feet msl and will include both VFR corridors.
Aircraft operating under ATC control to and from La Guardia, Newark, Kennedy, and Teterboro airports will be exempt from the restrictions.
AOPA urges pilots anticipating flying in the New York City area on July 4 to obtain the FAA notam on this event and study it carefully.
June 30, 2000